This showdown is an Internet baby:
This cable TV feud of epic proportions is one that’s really been playing out online (mostly to the benefit of The Daily Show). According to Variety, the clips have garnered 1.3 million views and the site’s uniques are up 65 percent.
…this is a feud being observed not by the people who sit down in front of their TVs and watch both CNBC in the mornings and Daily Show at night (can’t imagine there are too many people who do that) — this is a feud made by the circulation of the official Comedy Central clips around the various blogs, creating an echo chamber effect that has played out not over old media, but over Google Trends (the “twitscape,” as Stewart himself called it on Monday). It’s a true chicken-and-egg situation: without the TV clips, we would have nothing to talk about, but without the Internet, would anyone care?
No one’s more aware of that than the folks at Comedy Central. Indecision Forever has the full unedited interview posted.
As sick as this sounds, CNBC has to be loving this attention because if they didn’t, Cramer would not have been allowed within 500 yards of the studio. Until now, the only people who watched CNBC were ultra wealthy stock hounds who have a TV in their bathroom so they can see how their stocks are doing while they are on the toilet or insomniacs who think the stock ticker could lull them into a coma faster than invisible sheep.